Baseline Newsletter August 2021

From the President's Desk

fromthedesk.jpgGreetings, fellow PMI Great Lakes Chapter members!

Hope you are all safely enjoying the hot/rainy Summer days outdoors after a long, hard, uncertain, and locked down pandemic situation. Though we are still not out of the woods, this period of reprieve is certainly a blessing for all of us. We held our Happy Hour / New Member Orientation and Volunteer Appreciation event in June, which marked our return to in-person events after 15 months. Now, it is time for yet another, much awaited, annual Golf Outing!! We are going to be at the Sanctuary Lake Golf Course in Troy on August 28th. We have a lot of prizes to be won and sumptuous food to be savored after a round of golf, all at a very subsidized price. Please register if you have not done so already, spots are quickly filling. Also, thank you to our many sponsors. Without you, this event would not be possible! 

Sustained sponsors: DTE, Judge, IIL, Intellibee, MI-GSO | PCUBED
Event sponsors: Bluechip Talent, Strategic Staffing Solutions

On the chapter administration front, the call has gone out for VP position nominations that are up for elections. The Board will also be electing the President-Elect for the year 2022. As always, we count on your support of YOUR Chapter. Please ensure that your membership is renewed on time and encourage your acquaintances to become members of our Chapter. Also, help us serve you better by volunteering. We continue to need volunteers and you can see the areas we need help with on our website

Looking forward to an exciting round of golf on the 28th!

Raj Sivakumar, MS PMP SCPM ITIL, PMIGL President


Call to Action - Get Involved with Military Outreach

Join us in building a new outreach program to help provide important resources for our nation·s warriors. Project Management is a great career path for our service-members and veterans, and they need YOUR expertise to assist them. Click here for more information.

Spread the Word

Help promote PMIGL. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and share our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities as you see posted. You never know what door that may open!

Upcoming Events

PMIGL's 6th Annual Golf Outing & Networking Event
August 28 - 7 am - 3:30 pm


It is time to get outside, and play some golf at the Sanctuary Lake Golf Course in Troy!

  • Scramble style – All Skill Levels are encouraged to participate
  • Partner with friends or be assigned to a group
  • Lunch, Dinner, and drinks provided by Piper's Pub and Grille
  • Contests and prizes!!!
  • Fun Networking Opportunity


  • 7:30 am - Registration
  • 8:00 am - Tee Off
  • 12:30 - After Scramble Banquet Courtesy of Piper's Pub and Grille
  • 3:00 - Event Concludes


September Monthly Meeting
September 13 - 6-7 pm

Resilience…The Sizzle that project managers need to incorporate in the post COVID
COVID has been a global interrupter, yet project management professionals still have the responsibility for moving their projects and programs forward. Learn how to manage resilience with focus.

Speaker: Michelle Baker
Baker,Michelle-2020.jpgMichelle is experienced in the IT management consulting industry with experience at Fortune 500 clients in the automotive, healthcare, utility, regulatory, and advertising marketplaces. She is passionate about managing timelines and deliverables for IT and Business programs, also driving team cohesion amidst high stake, high level stakeholders and executing project team members. What’s next for her? Continuing the project management profession through the mentoring of younger practitioners who are coming behind her as well as sitting at the feet of those executive mentors who have come before her. Always lifting as she climbs and in awe of those she is striving towards! 

In addition, she champions professional development and sits on the executive boards of 3 volunteer boards in her area: National Black MBA Association--Detroit Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated—Beta Omicron Zeta chapter, and Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association. She also owns That Project Management Polish LLC, an image consulting company.


Construction Panel: PMPs Applying LEAN Methodology To Projects
September 28 - 4:30-6:30 pm


In our September 2021 discussion panel, LCI Michigan and PMI Great Lakes Chapter will host a panel of industry leaders to elaborate on their challenges and share best practices and success stories in applying LEAN Methodology to their Projects and Organizations. PMI will offer its perspective on how PMI Philosophy and adopting the PMBoK framework would facilitate and champion a successful implementation of LEAN tools and methods. 

Thanks to our endorsing sponsors, this event is free of charge, complimentary to our guests and the CQM community. However, there are limited Zoom Participation spots available, so please register early. More information to follow here


Professional Development Opportunities

Now is the Time to Get Your PMP, PMP-ACP, DASM, or CAPM Certifications

peakbusmgt.pngThe number of PMIGL members going for their PMP, PMP-ACP, DASM, or CAPM certifications continues to grow. As you may recall, PMIGL recently partnered with Peak Business Management for PMI exam certification courses. With this partnership, our members receive a significant discount on PMP, PMI-ACP, DASM, and CAPM exam preparation classes (up to $200 or more in savings!!!). The best part is that Peak offers several live virtual classes per month that fit any schedule (days, evenings, weekends, or boot camps) with instructors and students from around the country. 

There are so many changes regarding the various PMI certifications. Here are just a few things to know:

  • The PMBOK Guide Seventh edition was released on July 1st, 2021, this is not the correct edition for PMP exam preparation. You should use the PMBOK 6th edition. The 7th edition exam won’t be available until 2022.
  • Need to make a business case to your employer on why to get certified? Read this article.
  • The NEW Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) and Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) training and certifications from the Project Management Institute are a strong, agnostic foundation into Agile including Kanban, SAFe, Scrum, and Lean along with the Disciplined Agile practice. After this training, you will be familiar with the foundational Agile and Lean practices that Disciplined Agile supports, practice using the tool kit to solve problems, and learn how to build high-performance teams.

The Peak trainers provide a support system from the very start. They help you outline your journey and timeline, guide you along the path to certification, and maintain your credential with continuing education. Plus, they work with you to complete your application and even provide an exam simulator to ensure your readiness. Peak trainers take personal responsibility for students’ training experience and measure their success by the success of their students, which is evident by their higher than 95% success rate. 

To see upcoming classes and obtain the discount, go here or use coupon code PMIGL when registering. If you have any questions, please visit or contact Ron Papa at


PM Musings

Phenomenal Woman 
by Lisa Harvey Roach

Are you a phenomenal woman? A phenomenal woman is confident and strong. A phenomenal woman knows her value. A phenomenal woman speaks up, takes action, and gets results.

As a female project manager, especially in a male-dominated industry, you may feel more scrutiny is placed on you. You may feel that you always need be at the top of your game to get the respect you deserve. You are often the “only one” so you are also serving as a role model for others. You are phenomenal and more brilliant than you probably give yourself credit for. Read the complete article.

Welcome New Members

View the list of new members who joined in July.

Chapter Sustained Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor? There are many opportunities for event and sustained sponsorships, but they fill quickly! For more information view our Sponsor Information Packet.

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